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  • July 22, 1999

    Ex-Prom Queen Goes Home

    Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can't go home again. Alix Kates Shulman disagrees.

    Beverly Gologorsky

  • June 10, 1999

    A Bookmaker’s Tale

    "The real money in books was going to be made not by writing or publishing but by buying and selling the publishing companies themselves." Thus Michael Korda writes in his new memoir, Another

    Gayle Feldman

  • June 3, 1999

    Master of All He Surveys

    As the presidential election of 1996 got under way, the press began to report that Bill Clinton's campaign strategy was heavily influenced by the advice of a shadowy figure who had no title in ei

    Jonathan Schell

  • April 8, 1999

    Front Page With a Human Face

    Back in the fifties, before the term "new journalism" was coined, back when Gay Talese was writing minor obituaries for the New York Times, Tom Wolfe was a grad student at Yale and Joan Di

    Dan Wakefield

  • April 1, 1999

    All the President’s Man?

    When Dick Morris announced that he would write a book to divert attention from his adventure with the toes of a call girl, George Stephanopoulos, the President's senior policy adviser, was asked

    Stanley I. Kutler

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  • April 1, 1999

    Holocaust Denial: A Sequel

    The Case of Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments

    Until the past few months, bestowing any Holocaust honorific upon Binjamin Wilkomirski, the author of the

    Harvey Peskin

  • March 18, 1999

    Part of Our Time, Too

    Given the late Dalton Trumbo's various claims to verbal fame--highest-paid screenwriter of his day, most vocal member of the Hollywood Ten, polemicist extraordinaire, winner under the pseudon

    Dalton Trumbo and Murray Kempton

  • March 4, 1999

    A Partisan’s Review

    In A Partisan View, one of the many memoirs in which score-settling refugees from the glory days of the anti-Stalinist, pro-Modernist quarterly bite each other on their kneecaps and thei

    John Leonard

  • January 2, 1998

    Too Good to Be True

    This is the rather flattering self-portrait of a populist leader who has already traveled quite far: Boris Yeltsin, once a protégé of Mikhail Gorbachev, is now his main, and very re

    Daniel Singer

  • January 2, 1998

    Stalin’s Grandchildren

    "At the burial of communism too many people want to jump from the coffin into the funeral procession." The Polish author of these lines tried to convey the idea that the former practitioners now

    Daniel Singer

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